children’s illustration Tag

Unless you follow me on twitter, I kept this a little under wraps. Towards the end of 2017 I noticed a call out by Templar Publishing for a new competition. Called the Templar Illustration Prize, the competition was open to both students and professionals.

The brief was to design a book cover and story board on the theme of dragons. I entered my piece back in March 2018, and to my great surprise I made the final 10! Unfortunately, I didn’t make it through to the last 3, but the knowledge that I may just have story potential for children’s books, inside me is motivating. I honestly didn’t think my entry would ever make it as far as it did.

In honour of my time in the competition coming to an end, I thought I would share my cover design and a favourite spread with you.

Thank you Templar Publishing for the competition and support.

Read more about the competition HERE.

See my portfolio HERE.

Early sketches.

At this early point, I really thought I couldn’t continue with my submission. I found it very difficult to illustrate and design a dragon. Some of these are mortifying, but I wanted to share so you can see the process.

 

Dragon_Development-Work_02_Alice-Potter_2018Design development on the iPad Pro.

Templar Illustration Prize 2018 ShortlistFinal cover idea.

Templar Illustration Prize 2018 ShortlistInternal spread.

 

Introducing the new Olive Owl collection for Trend Lab.

Very early on in 2016 I had the luck of connecting with Trend Lab, a gorgeous online manufacturer and retailer of baby bedding and nursery decor.  It was great to find that they were interested in one of my collections I had done the previous year and so a deal was made.

Roll on a year and a half later and those designs are now a whole range of baby bedding and nursery decor including a quilt and bedding set, a clock, a shelf and a storage caddy and it’s all very cute!

When you work the way I do designing flat illustrations and pattern designs, it’s often hard to imagine anything other than what they are already. Seeing my designs become a 3Dimensional reality for the first time has blown me away. It’s amazing what they have created with so little and I just love that my little Olive Owl will be gracing baby bedrooms in the US for a good long while, I hope. The collection is called Olive Owl and can be brought HERE.

This project is a great example of what a designer and manufacturer can achieve. If you manufacture gift and home ware or stationery, please get in touch with me today. I love sharing my current collections and also enjoy working to commission to create bespoke designs just for you.

Click HERE to find out more.

Olive Owl Baby Nursery Collection For Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

Olive Owl Bedding Collection For Trend Lab

Olive Owl Baby Nursery Collection For Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

Olive Owl Quilt for Trend Lab

Olive Owl Baby Nursery Collection For Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

Olive Owl Storage Caddy for Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

 

Olive Owl Storage Caddy for Trend Lab

Olive Owl Baby Nursery Collection For Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

Olive Owl Wall Clock for Trend Lab

Olive Owl Baby Nursery Collection For Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

Olive Owl Wall Shelf for Trend Lab

Olive Owl Window Valance for Trend Lab by Alice Potter IllustrationOlive Owl Window Valance for Trend Lab

Original Olive Owl Illustration and Pattern Collection by Alice Potter

Original Illustration

Original Olive Owl Illustration and Pattern Collection by Alice Potter

Original Pattern

Original Olive Owl Illustration and Pattern Collection by Alice Potter

Original Coordinate

My MATS course is rapidly coming to close now *sob*. I am at the end of Week 4 already as I write this and I am so happy with everything I have done and learnt so far.

In week 3, we looked at children’s picture books. Our assignment was to create either a cover or double page spread of Aesop’s Fable, ‘The tortoise and The Hare’.

I chose to do the cover, and after finishing a large commission I knuckled down, sketching tortoise characters and trying to develop a sense of the story.

You can see my development drawings below, as well as my final submission.

After the weekly review for which my piece was included, I think there are certain things I would consider changing. An example of this would be to give a feel of the imminent race and to make the tortoise look more earnest perhaps, and giving this race everything he has. I’m not sure if character development is my strong point yet, but I really did enjoy designing this cover.

Next week I will do a round up of Week 4, where we are exploring the wonderful world of Wall Art. It’s a nice, free week of work and creativity. I look forward to sharing that with you.

WIP Sketches

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE_SMALL

I have recently been working on a personal project illustrating Greek God’s. For the first time I am working in a greyscale which I find so appealing lately, and I wanted to share some details of what I have done so far.

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I wanted to give you all an update on my work at the moment. It’s been a great month so far with new freelance opportunities at Tigerprint about to begin as well as some fun commissions! I have also launched a collection with Timbergram, which was launched at Pulse recently. You can read about that here.

Below are some work in progress pictures of my current projects including a poem called ‘The History of the Woodpecker Verdicchio’ and a world map.

I hope you like them.

Verdicchio WIP

World Map WIP

I am currently busy working away on a personal piece of work to create an animal alphabet poster. Using a fairly limited colour palette  I have also given myself a vague deadline of mid February to finish. In the meantime look out for little looks at the animals as I go along. Also, fee free to suggest any animals particularly low down in the alphabet. I like your suggestions!

 

I am currently working on my very first animal alphabet, which I hope to turn into a HUUUGE poster next year, as well as a series of new greetings cards. My first is the anteater, which has been sitting in an old sketchbook for a good long while. It’s nice to have finally done something with it. I will try and update you as the alphabet progresses, but for now, enjoy this little guy.

I wanted to share this piece I am working at the moment with you all. It’s eventually going to be an interactive ipad app for children, which is pretty exciting. This is only a small section of the illustration, which is very long, and will be on a loop. When it’s all finished and ‘interactive’ I will share it with you all along with the full story! For now you can enjoy getting a flavour here…